1. Indoor Gardening with Kids: How to Create a Windowsill Herb Garden

    Indoor gardening with kidsSpring has officially sprung. The cold days of winter are hopefully behind us, and with spring comes the promise of warmer weather and new growth. Why not take this opportunity to teach your young children how to plant and care for an herb garden?

    Herbs are not only beautiful, coming in a variety of shapes and colors, but they are pretty easy to grow, which makes them ideal for keeping young children from becoming discouraged. Don’t worry if you have limited space outdoors or if the weather isn’t conducive yet to prolonged outdoor activity. All you need is a windowsill that receives plenty of sunlight.

    This fun project for indoor herb-gardening with kids can introduce your child to gardening from the comfort of your home.

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  2. How to Make a Family Scrapbook with Your Kids

    Mom and daughter scrapbooking togetherLife with children is full of memorable moments and milestones. And, if you’re like many parents, you do your best to try and capture photos of everything as keepsakes for the future. But, what do you do with the photos after you’ve taken them?

    Maybe you print them or have them printed. Maybe you upload them to social media. Or, maybe they sit on your camera or phone until you can find the time to do something with them. Why not turn these photos into a fun arts and crafts project for the whole family?

    Scrapbooking is a fun and budget-friendly way to organize your family photos and create an album that your family is sure to treasure for years to come. Learn how to make a family scrapbook with your kids in seven easy steps.

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  3. There’s No Moment Too Small: Celebrate the Little Things

    Children celebrating with confettiMost people will celebrate the big moments in life. Events such as birthdays, weddings, holidays and graduations are momentous occasions and are rightfully celebrated. But, who says that celebrations should only be limited to these milestones?

    There are opportunities to celebrate the wonderful little things in life, all the time. Sometimes the big things wouldn’t have happened without the accumulation of smaller events along the way. For example, you may have reason to celebrate your child’s high school graduation because throughout their academic career they received good grades on school assignments and report cards.

    Taking time to celebrate the little things is also an opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Years into the future, you and your family may not remember the exact reasons for all your small celebrations, but you will likely remember the joy of the festivities.

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  4. Fun Games from a Child’s Perspective: What Do Your Kids Think is the Most Important to You?

    Child coloringYour children are your world, your everything. You may think that this is obvious to everyone around you, but have you ever asked your child what he or she thinks is the most important thing to you? Or, have you ever asked your child what is the most important to him or her?

    You might be surprised by your child’s response.

    This fun and interactive illustration game can give you better insight into your child’s perspective.

    What You’ll Need:

    • 4 Sheets of paper
    • Writing implements, such as crayons or colored pencils
    • Stopwatch or timer

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  5. Teaching Your Child How to be a Good Older Sibling

    Sister and brother having an after-school snackAccording to 2015 statistics from the United States Census Bureau, about 80 percent of American children have at least one brother or sister. A sibling relationship is the longest relationship that most siblings will have in their lives, so it’s only natural that siblings can have a huge impact and influence on each other.

    The extent of sibling influence can vary greatly from family to family and person to person, and older brothers and sisters can pass down much more than the clothes and toys that they’ve outgrown.

    Here are some ways that parents can teach older brothers and sisters how to be good older siblings and encourage good sibling relationships:

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